June 17, 2014

With efforts targeted at demystifying breast cancer countrywide among women in general, and the need for awareness creation on the disease, the Member of Parliament for the Sissala East constituency, Hon. Sulemana Alijata Gbentie has organized free breast screening exercise for women in her constituency.

The free screening exercise which was spearheaded by the MP in consultation with the District Health Services Directorate created an avenue for a total of 1252 women who were drawn from the local communities in the district to be screened at Tumu, the district capital.

For the 1252 women that were screened during the exercise, a total of 17 women were diagnosed with symptoms of the disease and were referred to the Tumu hospital for early medical care.

Hon. Sulemana Gbentie in an interview with Ghanamps.gov.gh shortly after the exercise echoed that the disease was a global health concern, adding that there was the need to intensify sensitization programmes to address the misconceptions and myths surrounding the disease.

She said the disease was a sore in the health and dignity of affected women, and thereby advised women, not to hesitate in reporting any abnormality they feel in their breasts to nearby health facilities.

She noted that regular self examination and early detection was relevant in fighting the disease entirely among women.

Jonathan Jeffrey Adjei/Ghanamps.gov.gh